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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Solo: Meet the 2012 Music Award Nominees

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  • Courtesy of Emily Holtzman

Sleep in Sundays Eric Williger takes the complexity and comfort of childhood and distills it into something immediate, no matter what your age. His "." is a shockingly physical experience, a head trip into a strange sort of wistfulness. It is the experience of deja vu. And that's not just if you had the experience he had -- that's what makes it so great. This is a matter of relatively universal truth, and that is no small matter for someone as young as Williger. He's exploring the Pacific Northwest at the moment, but let's all hope for his return. And barring that, let's all just hope he keeps making music. --Kiernan Maletsky

  • Courtesy of Corey Woodruff

Syna So Pro There's a particularly distinct image associated with one-person bands: Performers with complicated contraptions strapped to their bodies trying desperately to play a rudimentary song. Thankfully, technology evolved enough for ambitious and multi-talented performers to do anything and everything without suffering a herniated disc. Syna So Pro's Syrhea Conaway must be especially thankful for the looping thingamajigs that create such a rich and unbending sound all by her lonesome. Recently Conaway produced a string of a capella "SMASHups" stringing together tunes from local artists such as The Blind Eyes, Ellen the Felon and The Dive Poets. Not only did the project provide exposure to some of St. Louis' local treasures, but it also showcased how varied and powerful a person's voice can be. The whole exercise is mind-bending in its intricacy, but it isn't surprising an artist like Conaway makes it all look like second nature. --Jason Rosenbaum

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